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Professional Ratings: 94 The Wine Advocate, 91 Wine Enthusiast
Region: Napa Valley, California
Other Info: Collectible Wines
Style: Big & Bold
Item no. 101623
This is a concentrated wine with extractive notes of dusty cocoa, black cherry and generous spice accented with cassis. It is perfectly balanced and the flavors are seamlessly integrated. The tannins are big, dark and supple and the finish goes on and on.
Pahlmeyer’s Merlot was the uncontested top California Merlot for many years, but significant competition has emerged from the upstart Kapcsandy Estate in Yountville. However, Pahlmeyer’s offering remains one of the classic examples of just how great Merlot can be in Napa. The 2006 Merlot (89% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Sauvignon) exhibits sweet chocolate, mocha, cola, black cherry, and plum aromas and flavors as well as full body, a sumptuous, dense texture, and no hard edges. The beautifully integrated acidity, tannin, and wood result in a hedonistic, mouthfilling, luscious Merlot to consume over the next 10-15 years.
An exceptionally wellstructured, elegant Merlot that would have been better if not for the vintage, which was less than stellar. Not fully ripe, the wine shows herb- and tobacco-influenced black cherry, blackberry, red currant and oak flavors, with complex notes of licorice, bacon and black pepper. Distinguished, but not an ager. Now–2011.